Launch Slideshow

T-Shirts of WOC

T-Shirts of WOC

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    MCAA is the Masonry Contractors Association of America. The Fastest Trowel block laying contest was held at WOC.

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    Proline makes tools for decorative concrete work

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    LIUNA is the Laborers' International Union of North America

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    I have no idea who this is, but I like the shirt and dew rag

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    M.E.T is a masonry supplier in Australia. This guy was there to cheer on Ron Eliot, an Australian mason who competed in the Bricklayer 500.

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    Spectator at the Bricklayer 500. Like the brick pattern on the shirt.

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    Boral Bricks, a sponsor of the Bricklayer 500, made this shirt for the show.

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    Another spectator. Nice shirt.

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    Part of the cheering section for Dave Moyle, a competitor from Sumner, Iowa. The Pope's endorsement didn't help, because this year Moyle failed to make the podium.

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    Spectator. That truck in the background is one of the prizes awarded to the winner.

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    Masonry Contractors Association of America.

You are who the shirt says you are - and these guys are masons.

So I was at the World of Concrete (WOC), looking at machinery, talking to tool manufacturers, and taking in the sights, and what do you know, I find myself photographing T-shirts, worn mostly by folks at the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500. The Bricklayer 500 is the premier event of the show, a contest in which 20 masons lay as much brick as they can in an hour. The winner receives cash and prizes, including a Ford pickup. More on the bricklaying contest later; for now, it's about the T-shirts.